Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norell Dress

12/17/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norelli
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What’s old is new again for Michelle Obama, who had another groundbreaking moment in fashion history Sunday night, dazzling in one-of-a-kind vintage number by the late designer Norman Norell. The First Lady picked up the black-lace overlay dress, which boasted a full tea-length tulle style skirt and a square neckline (something rarely seen in contemporary designs), at New York Vintage boutique, signaling what store owner Jon Schneck believes to be the first time a first lady has worn a vintage dress to a public event, reports The Huffington Post. Obama donned the elegant 1950s piece to the “Christmas in Washington” concert in Washington, D.C., which airs tonight on TNT and is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. And while the spectacle, which will feature performances by Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and more, will surely be packed with flare, we’re sure no one sparkled as brightly as Obama, who glammed up her ballerina-like confection with oversized snowflake drop earrings. And if you like what you see, stay tuned for other throwback looks from the First Lady. The The Huffington Post reports that Schneck confirmed that Obama scooped up additional archived pieces from New York Vintage for future appearances. Saying, “We are truly honored that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture. Other dresses from our archive have been scheduled for use by the first lady later this year.” To see Obama don the dazzling dress, tune in to the holiday special tonight on TNT at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. –Justine Harman


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Mary Truskier on

A beautiful woman serving her country well…with style, grace and compassion. Some of the haters writing in should learn to spell (a “lack of AFFECTIVE leadership”?)

Lynn on

joan sinclair -Nancy spent alot on clothes too just like every other First Lady-but with Nancy-she bought expensive china too!! :)

Bev on

You go ahead and shine like the intelligent and beautiful woman that you are Mrs Obama. Don’t let the hate and negativity coming from those that have as much class in their whole body as you have in your small toe, get to you…but then again I know that you are too smart for that.

renee on

so many haters. when the white first ladies dressed did the tax payers worry about their outfits. the first lady looks radiant as always. some people will just never except the color of other peoples skin…..

kelkeagy on

She looks amazing and her sense of self and style is an inspiration. All you haters out there need to get a life.

Erik on


Sandra Thompson on

Ghetto mama

debbie on

she is so pretty, it is so nice to see a young family in the white house

Susan Lewis on

Pretty dress, she wears it well. These styles need to come back, I am so tired of the prostitute-chic they wear these days.

Lisa on

DeeK, well said, and I concur. She looks lovely. Happy Holidays everyone.

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